The Abia state Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, inaugurated the Joint Negotiation Committee on the Implementation of the New Minimum Wage with the task of developing ways that will allow the government to implement its payments to workers without problems.
When he inaugurated the 16-man committee that has the head of state service, Sir Onyi Wamah as Chairman, at Government House, Umuahia, the Governor urged them to see it as part of his responsibility to analyze the problem of ghost workers and padding of salaries that largely make the salary too heavy and unrealistic and recommend ways to find lasting solutions for them. He said the government was committed to paying the new minimum wage to Abia workers.
This was revealed in a statement released by the state information commissioner, chief John Okiyi Kalu, and made available to journalists on Friday in Umuahia, the capital of the state of Abia.
The statement stated, “The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, expressed satisfaction with the calibre of members of the Committee whom he described as people with a pedigree, integrity and experienced in labour matters, and mandated them to expedite action and submit their report on or before the 31st of December, 2019.
“The Governor used the forum to reassure workers in the state that the present administration will continue to evolve programs and policies that will ensure that workers’ welfare is enhanced for optimal performance in line with his friendly disposition towards the state’s workforce and called for support to enable government realize its vision for the state”.
Responding on behalf of other members, the Chairman, Joint Negotiation Committee on the Implementation of the New Minimum Wage and the State Head of Service, Sir Onyi Wamah, thanked the Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, for finding them worthy to serve and assured that they will work assiduously to come out with a favourable payment structure for the State civil servants that will also be workable for government.
Other members of the committee are the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Permanent Secretary/Executive Secretary, Planning Commission, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Permanent Secretary, Establishment/Pension who will serve as secretary, Permanent Secretary, Local Government Service Commission, Auditor General of the State, the Accountant General of the State, Joint council Chairman (Labour spokesman) and TUC Chairman, NLC Chairman, NUT Chairman, NULGE Chairman as well as Chairman Council 1, Chairman Council 2 and Chairman Council 3.
Latestalert reports that top Government officials, including the Secretary to the State Government, Barr Chris Ezem, members of the State Executive Council, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Governor and others were present during the inauguration.